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“Life is a flame that is always burning itself out, but it catches fire again every time a child is born.”
“All that is essential for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”
“Courage is the first of human qualities, because it is the quality which guarantees all the others.”
What is Freemasonry?
It is the oldest, largest and most prestigious fraternity in the world. We are like a civic club, a charitable institution and a fraternity – all rolled into one.
We're like a civic club in that we do a large number of community and statewide projects. We're like a charity in that we support many worthwhile causes. But mainly we are a fraternity of men doing good things for each other, and bringing men of good morals and ethics together in our community.
What is the Mission of Freemasonry?
To promote a way of life that binds like-minded men in a worldwide brotherhood that transcends all religious, ethnic, cultural, social and educational differences. To teach the great principles of brotherly and love, relief truth. And to give outward expression of these things through fellowship, compassion and concern, finding ways to serve G-d, family, country, neighbors and self.
What Do Masons Do?
The most important thing we do is take care of each other and our families. We are a fraternity. That means we help other Masons, treat them in special ways, support them no matter where they live, and build friendships all over the world. Not very many organizations do that today. And we help others. That is why we give almost $2 million a day to charity, and most of our money goes to help kids. We rank among the top 10 best-liked charitable groups in America. Yet we also teach leadership skills and help men lead an ethics-based life. We promote good relationships and strong family values. We try to do something to strengthen the family unit every day.
What do you get out of it?
A great amount of pride. A sense of belonging to an organization that exists all over the world. Being part of a great heritage. Sharing an identity with the great men of the past – and of today. Sharing a special bond with men from all walks of life, and creating life-long friendships with them. Being a member of an organization that believes in toleration – that lets each man think for himself and express his own opinions, without worrying about being wrong.
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STATED MEETING DINNER
Greetings Brethren and Ladies,
Because our normal Stated Meeting falls on July 4th, we will be dark on this day per the California Masonic Code, and the Stated Meeting will be held on Wednesday July 11th instead.
We celebrate our country's Independence this month, and we should take the time to remember our forefathers such as George Washington and Benjamin Franklin who had the courage to stand up against tyranny and injustice; as well as the insight to seek autonomous rule for themselves. Let us all look around and count our many blessings that we enjoy in this great country of ours.
Also this month, we have our annual Home Lodge picnic at Rancho Tapo Park on Sunday July 15. As Master, I look forward good food, fun, games and fellowship at the picnic.
On the 20th of last month we hosted a degree for the French Lodge Valle de France. The degree, besides being entirely in French is very different than the First degree we all went through.
Later in this month, we are having several third degrees and I encourage all Master Masons to attend these degrees to show support to the candidates as well as to the officers.
Several events have been suggested to me: The Reagan Library, The Filmore Train and the USS Iowa. Please let me know if you are interested in any of these events, or have any suggestions for other events.
Fraternally from the East
Aaron J. Cohen P.M.
We’re officially halfway through 2018. Just as quick as it came in, it’s already on the way out. Not that we’ll be complaining though, July brings with it Independence Day & the Annual Home Lodge Picnic! So I wish all my brethren and family a safe and joyous holiday & hope to see everyone at the picnic.
The mid-year always brings with it a time to reflect on our progress towards the year’s goals. This year my main challenge was putting together the roster and then coaching for our Sideliner’s Degree. We’ve gotten huge interest from the brethren & put together a fantastic group of guys, which are making great progress. I cannot wait for them to show our lodge what they’re capable of.
I’d also like to thank all the brethren that came out on June 20th to support our brothers at Vallee De France. They approached us and asked if we’d be interested in donating a Lodge Night to allow them to put on the French 1st Degree, and we gladly accepted. Having seen it once before, it’s still an amazing experience filled with subtle details. To my brother Masons, I encourage you all to see as many of the foreign language degrees as many times as you can, because they each have their own cache of fantastic details.
As always, I want to recognize and thank the brethren that take the time to join us on degree nights. During June we had a few long lost faces show up; Wor. Steve L. Eberhardt came down from Montana & Bro. Peter Dahabreh came back on his break from attending Harvard.
Having you all there means the world to our officers and especially our candidates. Seeing the look on Bro. Berberian face when we raised him and he had a room full of his brothers there was priceless. He had a room full of people that wanted to share one of the most important moments in his life with him. It’s an experience he’ll never forget. To our brothers that haven’t been to Lodge in some time, come by if you can make the time, we miss you all. Remember, there’s no better place to be on a Wednesday than Home.
As always we must remember, there’s no better place to be on a Wednesday than at Home.
Fraternally from the West,
Hello my Home Lodge family. I would like to wish everyone a Happy 4th of July. I would like to also remind everyone to continue to phone in their reservations to the reservation-line as it helps the Lodge plan accordingly.
Masonry has played a significant role in laying the foundation, and shaping, our nation. We often forget how much we have today because of the actions that men and women took almost 242 years ago. We leave the past in the past thinking that is best for our future. I beg to differ.
The past has shaped who we are today. Without honoring and taking from the past, we cannot, effectively, move towards a better future. Many might believe that as a nation we have changed and outgrown our past, and what was important then; we have new issues to worry about. I say we have advanced as a nation, expanded rights as a nation, and grown as a nation because of the foundation that was cemented for us to build upon today. And even it isn’t perfect, it is ours and we shall continue to improve.
So, in honor of remembering and honoring our past, I would like to thank and recognize our Past Masters, Past Treasures, Past Secretaries, Past Officers, Past Officers Coaches, Past Candidate Coaches, all our brothers that came before us at Home Lodge, and those that are no longer with us today. The reason we are able to do what we do today is because of the foundation that you all laid down for us. Even if something seems different today than it was before, it is only because took from you all and built on top of it. In reality, it’s the same Brother Love, Relief, and Truth. Be well my Home Lodge Family.
Fraternally from the South,
Andre Aladadyan, Junior Warden
WORSHIPFUL AARON COHEN, P.M.
ARTIN ALADADYAN, SENIOR WARDEN
ANDRE ALADADYAN, JUNIOR WARDEN
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HOME LODGE DUES INFORMATION
Our dues for 2018 are $99.00 per member, due on or by the 1st day of January. If you are not at the very least in possession of a 2018 dues card (haven’t paid your dues for 2017) we will be sending you a notice of possible suspension, beginning in March. If you have not paid your dues in arrears or made proper arrangements, we will be suspending you in May of 2018. Many brethren have asked what that means. It means this, if you are suspended for nonpayment of dues, your name will be read in lodge the night you are suspended, the other Masonic bodies will be notified of your suspension (per the CMC) and you will become suspended in those bodies as well until you are back in good standing with your blue lodge. Bringing yourself back into good standing involves the following process-you must pay your dues in arrears, then you are put up to a vote of the brethren for reinstatement, then the other bodies are notified upon your reinstatement.
Yearly Dues & Petition Fees
Dues for the 2018 term are: $99.00
Petitions for membership are: $425.00
Petitions for affiliation are: $130.00
Petitions for out of state affiliation are: $285.00
ANY MEMBER OF HOME LODGE TO PAY THE PRORATED FEES AS PRESCRIBED IN
THE MASONIC GRAND LODGE OF CALIFORNIA F. & A. M.’s MASONIC CODE: 27020
The following is the fee schedule for the year 2017:
Under the age of 49 is 21 times the annual dues: $2,037.00
50 to 54 is 19 times the annual dues: $1,843.00
55 to 59 is 17 times the annual dues: $1,649.00
60 to 64 is 14 times the annual dues: $1,358.00
65 and older is 11 times the annual dues: $1,067.00
Wednesday night is Lodge Night. Wednesday night is, COACHING NIGHT.
Proficiency coaching is available to all EAs, FCs and MMs
from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Please contact Wor. Steve Varsam P.M. at (818) 515-0093 for more information.
GIVE THE GIFT OF A LIFETIME
As a California Mason, you are committed to the enduring health and relevance of this great organization. Our fraternity champions public education and provides industry-leading care for vulnerable seniors and families, and we are engaged community leaders. Making a legacy gift to our Masonic charities changes lives.
A ‘planned’ gift, or ‘legacy’ gift, can help you achieve your personal, financial, and estate planning goals. For example, a legacy gift can provide the donor with an income for life as well as a charitable income tax deduction, and make a profound difference in Masonry.
What is the Cornerstone Society?
The Cornerstone Society is reserved for those Masons who choose to include the Masonic charities in their estate plans.
The simplest way to become a Cornerstone Society member is through a bequest. But there are a variety of giving options available, such as trusts and charitable gift annuities. The method you choose will depend on your personal circumstances and needs. It is always a good idea to first consult your attorney and/or tax advisor for financial advice and expertise.
How Do I Start?
Please contact Greg Cherry to learn more at (310) 968-8369 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW MASTER MASONS
Home Lodge is very honored to have these new Master Masons join the history of our Lodge.
Brother Akram Alawar
Brother Robert Aroutounian
Brother Michael Hatley
Brother Tigran Oganesian
Brother Barry Lampke
Brother Tommy Ray Smith
Brother Tony Tahmizian
Brother Arnulf Tuadles
CONTACT & LOCATION INFORMATION
HOME MASONIC LODGE NO. 721 F. & A.M.
14750 Sherman Way, Van Nuys, CA 91405-2214
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